What does defense mean?

Definitions for defense
dɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛnsde·fense

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word defense.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defense, defence, defensive measurenoun

    (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

    "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"

  2. defense, defencenoun

    protection from harm

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

  3. defense, defence, defending teamnoun

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

    "his teams are always good on defense"

  4. defense, defence, vindicationnoun

    the justification for some act or belief

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

  5. defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defencenoun

    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

  6. Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoDnoun

    the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947

  7. defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyersnoun

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

  8. refutation, defense, defencenoun

    the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

    "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"

  9. defense, defence, defense force, defence forcenoun

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

  10. defensive structure, defense, defencenoun

    a structure used to defend against attack

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

  11. defense, defence, denial, demurrernoun

    a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

  12. defense, defencenoun

    the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

    "a good boxer needs a good defense"; "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"

Wiktionary

  1. defensenoun

    The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.

    Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

  2. defensenoun

    Anything employed to oppose attack(s).

    Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

  3. defensenoun

    An argument in support or justification of something.

    Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

  4. defensenoun

    Government policy or structure related to the military.

    Department of Defense

    Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defensenoun

    alt. of Defence

  2. Defenseverb

    to furnish with defenses; to fortify

Freebase

  1. Defense

    In many team sports, defense or defence is the action of preventing an opponent from scoring. The term may also refer to the tactics involved in defense, or a sub-team whose primary responsibility is defense. Similarly, a defense player or defender is a player who is generally charged with preventing the other team's forwards from being able to bear down directly on their own team's goalkeeper. Such intention exist in association football, ice hockey, water polo and many other sports.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. defense

    In military law, is the defendant’s answer to the plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff’s case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff’s action.

  2. defense

    In fortification, consists of all sorts of works that cover and defend the opposite posts; as flanks, parapets, casements, etc.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defense in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of defense in a Sentence

  1. Nick Pope:

    The study was highly classified and extremely sensitive, not least because the MoD consistently told parliament, the media and the public that UFOs were of limited interest and ‘no defense significance’, our concern was that if the existence of the study became known, it would have exposed an internal position on the phenomenon that was different from our public position.

  2. Larry Elder:

    This woman who tried to break the contract, not to compete and then accused me of hitting on her, that's how, that's how she put it. If you had seen her, you would know that the picture would be a complete defense. I'm just saying.

  3. Texas Solicitor General Stone:

    This statute on its own terms specifically incorporates as a matter of state law the undue-burden defense as articulated by this court in Casey and subsequent cases.

  4. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We will offer some deals to Kuwait that are beneficial to both countries, especially deals on defense.

  5. Malcolm X:

    I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence.

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